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The Real Danger Of Political Correctness

The corrosive effects of “political correctness” in modern American society are unlikely to divide “traditionalists” from “accommodationists” among the ranks, but they are all but certain to widen the gap between soldiers and statesmen. And given the parlous state of Obama-era civil-military relations, that is indeed something to worry about.

There is no doubt that Americans—pardon me, I mean American elites—have been pulling pretty hard on the PC nitrous oxide of late. College campuses, with their in-class “trigger warnings” and lecture-room “safe spaces” are, as is now to be expected, leading the retreat from reality, particularly any kind of historical reality. In the Age of Call-Me-Caitlyn and Rachel Dolezal, notions of human “identity” have become so fungible and fragile as to be almost meaningless. And if the Supreme Court can find a vaporous right to “dignity” in the Constitution, it suggests that the rot has gone pretty far.

h/t Marvin

  • David Murrell

    Good discussion by Commentary magazine. The answer to the question posed in the title, is that, yes, Republicans should try to defund Planned Parenthood.

    Here in Canada there is a “Planned Parenthood – Toronto” that is essentially an abortion-advice clinic. It is a registered charity, but nearly all of its funding (over $2-million) comes from the Ontario government. One should put in a Freedom of Information request, to obtain as much information on this clinic.

  • jayme

    “The more the plague of political correctness divides the rest of us into ever-smaller tribes, the more the military tribe will see itself as unique and—dangerously—uniquely virtuous.” Is he hinting at a military coup? In the US? I don’t think that this thought had ever occurred to me personally but … anything is possible, isn’t it?

  • Xavier

    Final sentence left this out:

    …which is why Obama and his minions are neutering the military.

  • Glenfilthie

    I don’t thimk the military is as immune to PC as this guy thinks it is. The first time these twinks, flimps, and assorted 6 gendered degenerates meet a capable and determined foe …. a lot of good fighting men will be killed.

    The only way to mainstream these feminists and fools is to lower standards – and like it or not, Darwin and Murphy rule the battlefield. God may or may not hate fags… but Darwin and Murphy are no friends of them either.

  • AlanUK

    ” … fungible …”
    I like it! BCF – a site that widens your vocabulary.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Bringing back the military draft is the best way to tie it to society as a whole. Of course, there will be screams by certain factions and the wealthy will endeavor to weasel their children out of it, but parents of the conscripts have a pipeline to Congress and serve as a check on abuses and errors.

  • I believe it was Theodore Dalrymple who wrote that political correctness was communism writ large.